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Politicizing the Lotus: State Patronage of Buddhism, its Rituals, and its Art
CHUM 312 FA
A seminar treating the comparative political uses made of Buddhism, its rituals and, especially, its art in premodern times by governments in India, China, Korea and Japan. Since the topic is potentially enormous in its
chronological as well as its geographical sweep, the course is necessarily selective in its coverage. Some likely topics are India under the Mauryans (3rd century B.C.E.) and the Kusans (late 1st/early 2nd century C.E.),
China under the Northern Wei (late fifth-century) and the Sui dynasties (late sixth- century), Korea at the time of its late sixth- and early seventh-century unification struggles, and Japan in the seventh- and early
centuries. Readings for the seminar will encompass both primary, in translation, and secondary historical and Buddhist sources as well as secondary sources treating Buddhist art history and archeology. Class discussions
be devoted to the analysis of both texts and images.
S. J. Tambiah: WORLD CONQUEROR AND WORLD RENOUNCER
J. Strong: THE LEGEND OF KING ASOKA
A. C. Soper: "Imperial Cave Temples of the Northern Dynasties," ARTIBUS ASIE 28 (1966)
A.F. Wright: "The Formation of Sui
Ideology, 581-604," in CHINESE
THOUGHT AND INSTITUTIONS
Y. Park, et. al: TRANSMITTING THE FORMS OF DIVINITY--EARLY BUDDHIST ART FROM KOREA TO JAPAN
Y. Mino, et. al: THE GREAT EASTERN TEMPLE
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Frequent short papers, midterm and final examinations.
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- Instructor(s): Best,Jonathan W.
- Times: ...W... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: DAC300;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 12)
- SR. major: 3 Jr. major: 3
- SR. non-major: 2 Jr. non-major: 2 SO: 2 FR: X
- Curricular Renewal: Reading Non-Verbal Texts, Writing
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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